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Franjo Ordanić

Franjo Ordanić

Born: February 11 1973 in Laupheim, Germany
Resides: Oroslavje, Croatia
E-mail: franjo(dot)ordanic(at)gmail(dot)com

Franjo Ordanić is a man of many interests; in the field of culture, arts and sports. He was the founder of the aikido Club "Hohoemi", himself Master of the 1st Dan. He has taken part in creating a musical "Green Wealth". He has been founding and organizing a number of cultural manifestations in his town. Among others he organizes an annual meeting of the haiku poets in Oroslavje (Haiku at Mogila / Haiku kraj mogile) with a contest in Croatian and the Kajkavian language. One of his many interests is painting. "All inclusive" and "tu doma sem taki" are the names of his haiga exhibitions in co-authorship with Ms. Sandra Šamec, the photographer. He writes haiku for several years. Selected to the European TOP 100 most creative haiku authors in 2019, 2020. and 2021.
The Haiku Foundation’s Haiga Gallery has published his works in July, 2020 and April, 2021.

Awards and Other Honors:

First place - National Haiku Contest "Bučijada" 2018, The Haiku Association “Three Rivers”, 17th “Pumpkin Festival” 2021 ; Third place - Croatian Haiku Poets Meeting (2019, 2021); Honorable Mentions - National Haiku Contest "Bučijada" (2018, 2020); World Haiku Review (2021), 2nd International Haiku Competition, Pula Film Festival (2021) Croatian Haiku Poets Meeting (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020); Merit Awards - World Haiku Review (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022), The R.H. Blyth Award (2019) World Haiku Review; Highly Commended - 3rd Santoka International Haiga Contest Commendations - 8th and 12th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest; Sharpening 6th and 7th The Green Pencil Contests (2017 and 2018).

Books Published:

Kliktaj bradatih orlova / The Scream of the Bearded Eagles (Library of the town of Oroslavje, Oroslavje, 2016)[in tandem with Vladimir Šuk]; Lepet krila / The Flutter of the Wings (Library of the town of Oroslavje, Oroslavje, 2022)[in tandem with Sandra Šamec].
Work Anthologised:
Nepokošeno nebo: Antologija hrvatskoga haiku pjesnistva 2 / An Unmown Sky 2: An Anthology of Croatian Haiku Poetry 2008-2018 - ed. D. Vukelić-Rožić (Ivanic-grad, Croatia: Haiku Association “Three Rivers”, 2018); Ludbreg Haiku Meeting / Haiku zbornik Ludbreg (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) and Haiku Contest In Memory of Zdenko Oreč "The Raven" / Haiku natječaj u čast Zdenka Oreča Gavrana (2021, 2022); Samobor Haiku Meeting / Samoborski haiku susreti Darko Plažanin (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 ); Goranski koraci Haiku Meeting / Zbornici udruge Goranski koraci, Ravna Gora (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021); International Haiku Magazine "IRIS" / časopis IRIS (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022); Haiku Contest In Memory of Borivoj Bukva / Natječaj "U spomen na Borivoja Bukvu, Rijeka (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019); Web portal "Eastern Pearl" - Sound of Water / web portal Istočni biser, Haiku zbornik Zvuk vode (2018); Krapina Kajkavian poetry Meeting / Recital kajkavske poezije, Krapina (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022); Akita International Haiku Network, The World Haiku Series (2019, 2020, 2021).

Selected Work
weak bladder
traffic jam makes my
forehead sweat
this winter too 
the boots hiding my wife’s 
hairy legs
blistering heat―
under the pumpkin leaf
a tiny oasis
under a grape trellis
along with the wine
my life flows
It's moving!
my cat left me a present
at the door
The End―
spilled popcorn crackling
under my feet


“weak bladder”—The R. H. Blyth Award 2019, World Haiku Review (Zatsuei - haiku of merit); “this winter too”—Cattails, Oct. 2019; “blistering heat”—First Prize. The Haiku Association ‘Three Rivers’, 17th ‘Pumpkin Festival’ 2021; It's moving!”; “under a grape trellis” — World Haiku Review Summer 2021, Shintai Haiku, Honourable Mentions; “The End”—2nd International Haiku Competition, Pula Film Festival 2021, Honourable Mention.

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